Rehoming a dog with a history of significant aggression is a liability and shouldn t be taken lightly. As a volunteer for a local rescue i see owner surrendered dogs all of the time.
This also happens to be what you keep preaching about judgey mcjudgerson.
How to get over the guilt of rehoming a dog. The feelings of loss shame and guilt caused by rehoming a dog are traumatic. Send them away with their favorite toys cat tree bowls and bed. So quit leaving guilt filled comments and instead be constructive and find that pet a home.
You need to process the pain of giving a dog away or it will eat you alive. The best course of action for seriously aggressive dogs might be humane euthanasia. For instance if the arrangement doesn t work out.
Additionally someone could be seriously injured or we could be sued for liability. As hard as it may be to understand from the perspective of an outsider sometimes a situation arises when you need to rehome your dog. In this instance we d be facing a great amount of guilt for not taking action sooner to help kopa get better.
Discuss a rehoming fee and determine whether they want to consider a trial period with your dog. For your pet this will help make their transition easier. I would personally feel guilty for his death and that is something i couldn t live with.
I can t take away that guilt but you can help yourself and the dog by doing some research before giving your dog away. All of these risks added up to a lot more than we were. Take time to say goodbye to your dog.
If we have to put a pet down who has already lived a long life we will still feel sad but the guilt will often not be as strong. Dealing with the guilt and grief after rehoming a dog is perhaps even more sharply painful than dealing with heartache after a losing a pet to death. For this reason discuss the expectations for post adoption communication.
Give yourself time and permission to grieve. Allow yourself to grieve your loss and work through the guilt you feel about adopting your dog to a new home. Face those ugly feelings of shame and guilt don t push them down or they will overwhelm you in the future.
At this time discuss worse case scenario. Most of our pets deaths are natural and caused by old age or ill health. Regardless of why a family can t keep a pet the ultimate goal of those advertisements is to make sure the pet ends up with a loving family.
It s hazardous for rescue and shelter workers volunteers and fosters let alone the potential next owner. We can comfort ourselves by realizing that our pet wouldn t have lived much longer anyway and has already enjoyed a good life. Many rescues will not allow you to come see the dog or cat as this can affect the pet mentally and in some cases physically.